June 17, 2021

Bears sign 5 draft picks to rookie contracts

QB Justin Fields and OT Teven Jenkins have not yet signed

The Bears have signed five of their rookie draft picks to contracts, but first-round quarterback Justin Fields and second-round offensive tackle Teven Jenkins have yet to sign the dotted line.

Fifth-round tackle Larry Borom, sixth-round running back Khalil Herbert, sixth-round receiver Dazz Newsome, sixth-round cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. and seventh-round defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga have all signed their rookie contracts.

The Bears didn’t have the salary cap space to sign any of their rookies prior to June 1. With the release of former Bears left tackle Charles Leno going official on June 1, the team added an additional $9 million in salary cap space.

Presumably that means negotiations with Fields and Jenkins are still in the works. Their rookie contracts will be worth the most, given where they were selected in the draft.

All the rookies have been at the Bears practice facility in Lake Forest for rookie minicamp and the beginning of OTAs. Unsigned rookies are allowed to participate in minicamp and OTAs.

Newsome, a receiver selected out of North Carolina, suffered an injury Tuesday that is reported to be a broken collarbone. It could keep him sidelined into training camp.

Sean Hammond

Sean is the Chicago Bears beat reporter for Shaw Media. He also contributes to high school football coverage at Friday Night Drive. Sean has covered various sports at the amateur, college and professional levels since 2012. He joined Shaw Media in 2016.